TUESDAY 10TH SEPTEMBER 2019

THURGARTON

I’m sorry if you have been enjoying my wanderings and missed them recently. I will try to catch up because although I’ve been out with Dave several times recently I haven’t found time for blogging.

We had an enjoyable day out just beyond Rushcliffe in a landscape that is not dissimilar to the Wolds but definitely has a different quality and a few different plants.

One feature that is largely missing in Rushcliffe is much in the way of industrial archaeology – the Grantham Canal being a notable exception that springs to mind. This feature is buried away on the Thurgarton Beck and I haven’t got any idea what it once was.

Thurgarton Beck

Opposite-leaved Golden Saxifrage Chrysosplenium oppositifolium was growing abundantly nearby; it is one plant that does not occur in Rushcliffe.

Opposite-leaved Golden Saxifrage

And this is another; Strawberry-blite Chenopodium capitatum has only previously been recorded from a garden at Chilwell (and about a dozen other places in the British Isles).

Strawberry-blite

We managed around 213 species of plant including a good many common species that were missing from the square for the purposes of the atlas. A tantalisingly inaccessible pond took up half an hour of tact and diplomacy followed by five minutes of bold determination to add –Lemna minuta.

The Famous Blue Rucksack (with apologies to L. Cohen)

Dave’s famous blue rucksack is torn at the shoulder (and elsewhere) and nearing the end of its life so I thought it appropriate to preserve it in a photo and to show how it is possible to minimise one’s carbon footprint by not replacing stuff until it is truly necessary.